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Posted on October 12 2022

Canada to invite 23,100 Parents and Grandparents under PGP 2022

By  Editor
Updated January 13 2024

Highlights of PGP 2022

  • Canada invites 23,100 interested and eligible potential sponsors under PGP, 2022.
  • IRCC to hold a PGP lottery for the ones who expressed interest in sponsoring their parents and grandparents in autumn 2020
  • Currently, there are 155,000 potential sponsors in the pool, and must meet certain eligibility.
  • After receiving the sponsorship interest online, then the proof of required income under the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) must be provided
  • IRCC to lower the thresholds of MNI for the calendar years 2020 and 2021 by 30% due to the pandemic losses
  • Canadians who live in Quebec willing to sponsor a family under PGP must meet the income threshold set by the Quebec immigration ministry

IRCC announcement on the process of PGP 2022

Canada announced the application process for PGP 2022. IRCC to send invitations in the coming two weeks to 23,100 potential sponsors who have expressed interest in sponsors. IRCC expects to reach the goal of 15,000 complete applications under PGP 2022 for sponsorship.

IRCC to consider the candidates who expressed interest in sponsoring their parents and Grandparents during autumn 2020. At present, 155,000 potential sponsors are persisting in the pool.

Eligibility criteria for the PGP program

One is eligible to sponsor their parents and grandparents when they meet the following criteria.

  • You must have filled and completed the ‘interest of sponsor’ form on the IRCC website between the dates 12 PM Eastern Time (ET) on October 13, 2020, and 12 PM Eastern Time (ET) on November 3, 2020.
  • You must be at least 18 years or more
  • You must be living in Canada
  • You need to be a Canadian citizen, PR (Permanent Resident), or someone who is registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  • You must have enough proof of funds (MNI) to support the members who you are sponsoring

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Minimum Necessary Income (MNI)

The candidate needs to have enough funds to sponsor, which is called Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). The MNI is a key factor for the eligibility of PGP. This will be provided only after expressing an interest in sponsorship using the online form.

The applicants who received the invite to apply after selection but did not satisfy the MNI as one of the requirements, then their application will get refused.

The sponsors across the provinces of Canada except for Quebec are invited to apply. The co-signers of the sponsors need to submit Notices of Assessment from the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) for three taxation years immediately after the date of their application.

Determination of Family size

The interested potential sponsors have to determine the family size to confirm that they need to qualify for the (MNI) Minimum Necessary Income as one of the mandatory requirements. The size of the family must include all the member details, for whom the sponsor is financially responsible once they become sponsors.

The family size can include:

  • the interested potential sponsor
  • their common-law partner or spouse
  • the sponsor’s dependent children
  • the partner’s or spouse’s dependent children;
  • any person who has got sponsorship in the past from the interested sponsor and is still financially responsible
  • the parents and grandparents they are willing to sponsor including their dependents
  • Dependent children who are not willing to enter Canada along with their parents or grandparents;
  • The interested sponsor parent or grandparent’s partner or spouse even if they are not coming to Canada
  • The interested sponsor parent or grandparents’ spouse who is separated.

Note: Many of the citizens have seen losses in income during the pandemic. Hence IRCC is planning to lower the thresholds of MNI for the 2020 and 2021 calendar years by 30%. IRCC is also counting and supporting the Employment Insurance benefits and the temporary COVID-19 benefits under the sponsor’s income.

How do Sponsor parents and Grandparents, if living in Quebec?

Canadians who are willing to sponsor his/her parents or grandparents and the sponsors living in Quebec have to meet the MNI threshold that is evaluated by Quebec’s immigration ministry. This is based on Quebec’s income requirement.

To be an interested sponsor living in Quebec, one has to submit a signed undertaking to both IRCC and Quebec government. This should clearly indicate the length of sponsorship and responsibility that the sponsor can provide to the family members.

Provided the sponsor should be a permanent resident of Canada and their sponsorship is counted from the next day after they become PR.

Usually, the duration of undertaking the Parents and Grandparents is for 20 years for all Canadian except for Quebec. For Quebec residents, this length of the commitment is for 10 years.

Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

A 10-year valid Super Visa is also available for the Parents and Grandparents of Canadians, provided you should be eligible. This visa permits the holders to remain in Canada as a tourist for 5-years without even renewing the documents.

Are you planning to sponsor your parents and grandparents to migrate to Canada? Talk to World’s no.1 Y-Axis Canada overseas migration consultant.

Also Read: Canada Parents and Grandparents Super Visa stay time increased to 5 years


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